When the Constitution was returned, he saw his worst fears as realized.He took leadership of those fighting the ratification of the Constitution in Virginia.After a long debate, including great eloquence on the part of Henry, the bill was passed.
During wartime he devised strategies that were not looked high upon by his over lookers and he decided to resign from his post in early 1776.
After leaving military duty he helped draft the first constitution of the state of Virginia, the same year he was elected governor the first three times for one-year terms.
One of his major complaints was that the Constitution contained no bill of rights.
The power of the Federal government was supposed to be strictly limited, so many argued that a Bill of Rights was unnecessary.
He proved to be correct, and before long the struggle with England was begun in earnest.
This speech went on to become one of the most famous speeches in the English language, inspiring people around the world to this day.
The House of Burgesses was dissolved by the king-appointed governor of the colony, but conventions were organized to take its place. Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
It was on March 23, 1775, before the Second Virginia Convention that Patrick Henry would deliver the most famous speech of America’s founding. This eloquent speech swayed the minds of the delegates.
One of the last of the great services Patrick Henry provided to the United States occurred many years later, ironically in his opposition to the ratification of the Constitution.
After serving two terms in the Continental Congress he had turned his focus towards Virginia, serving for several years as governor.